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I was away from my computer from for close to three hours today, but thankfully Tre9er and Ninjames were around to cover my slack during Jim Harbaugh Crazy Coaching Watch 2011. Until a little bit ago things were relatively quiet and it was just fun discussion. Then all of a sudden reports flew out that Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross has decided to fly out to the Bay Area and make a last ditch plea. For those that haven't seen the late 80s romance Say Anything (starring John Cusack), HERE is a quick rundown. This picture is from a very famous scene from the movie for those who haven't seen it.
Each time I put up a post I think that things can't possibly get any crazier. And then they do. As reports were surfacing that Harbaugh was close to a deal I tried to avoid going overboard because nobody officially had said anything. And now, the situation has changed fairly dramatically in no time at all. Tim Kawakami now finds himself tweeting that the 49ers have initiated some discussions with Josh McDaniels. Adam Schefter tweeted that the team was not out of the sweepstakes but they weren't prepared to go to a financial destination the Dolphins seem ready to get to. Rumors seem to have the 49ers at around $5M per year and Ross prepared to go to $7M per year. It's all rumors though so take it with a grain of salt.
Of course, that's now been followed by Maiocco tweeting that the team was not yet prepared to dismiss Harbaugh as an option, but still considering all their options. Some folks think the Bay Area will win out, some folks think the money will get Harbaugh to Miami. As Barrows tweeted, "Dolphins owner Stephen Ross once gave a $100 million endowment to Univ. of Michigan. He probably has $2M lost in his sofa cushions." The Michigan connection certainly doesn't help matters.
This comes across as a desperation plea and folks have made some excellent points in the comments. If the Dolphins would do this to their current coach Tony Sparano, is it worth it for Harbaugh to take his talents to South Beach? And as somebody said in our thousands of comments, if the 49ers supposedly have a less stable front office, what does this say about the impulsive nature of the Dolphins? Maybe I'm just saying all this to convince myself that Harbaugh will stay in the Bay Area. Maybe I should show up at his meeting with Ross and reenact the most famous scene from Say Anything?